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RCIA - Becoming Catholic
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RCIA - Becoming Catholic

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rciaAre you interested in learning more about Catholicism? Do you have friends or acquaintances who are questioning what Catholicism is all about? Do you have Catholic family members or friends who have fallen away from the Faith? Invite them to investigate the truth about Catholicism by joining the RCIA group here at Sacred Heart Church.  Classes meet once a week beginning in late August and conclude with the Easter Vigil Mass.  Practicing Catholics are encouraged to join as well -- you are guaranteed to learn things about the Church you may have never known!    

What is RCIA?
What is the process and when are the classes?
Who teaches the class?
What is taught in RCIA?
How do I begin?
How much does it cost?
I've been baptized in another religion. Will I be re-baptized?
I'm divorced. How does this affect me joining the Church?
When can I become Catholic?
What if I go through the RCIA and choose not to become Catholic?
Will becoming Catholic really affect my everyday life?

What is RCIA?

In recent years there has been a great increase in the number of adults who are joining the Catholic Church.  RCIA (which stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a program designed to help non-Catholics and non-practicing Catholics learn more about Catholicism through a series of classes, discussions, prayer times and ceremonies.  This program helps people grow in faith and knowledge of God as they consider becoming Catholic.  There is no obligation to join the Catholic Church.

Sacred Heart's RCIA program is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith.  If you are not yet sure whether you want to become Catholic, you are still welcome to participate as you make your decision.

People from all sorts of religious backgrounds join the RCIA.  Some have been baptized in another Christian religion and some have not.  Some have been practicing members of a Christian religion for years and some have had little or no religious instruction or support.  Some are already Catholic but are seeking a greater understanding of our Faith.

The RCIA is a mix of praying, learning facts, discussing how these apply to our lives, participating in prayerful ceremonies (called "rites") and most importantly, using all of these experiences to build and grow in a relationship with God.

What is the process and when are the classes?

Beginning August 20, 2014 we have an orientation meeting.  Classes begin the next week and are held on Tuesday nights from 7-8:30pm, focusing on the Creed, Morality and the Sacraments.  Everything is presented according to Christ's revelation as handed down to us in the written form of Sacred Scripture and the oral form of Sacred Tradition.  Both Scripture and Tradition come to us through Christ's appointed Teacher for all time: the Church.  This complete teaching of Scripture, Tradition and the Church is called the Deposit of Faith.

Tuesday night meetings include a presentation and discussion, questions and answers concerning different aspects of the Deposit of Faith.  We use the Bible and the "United States Catholic Catechism for Adults" as our guides through Catholic Church Teaching.  Deacon Ron Simons is the Director of RCIA.  Topics are presented by various instructors including Msgr. Fred Nijem, Fr. Kevin O'Keefe, Deacon Jim Hunt, Deacon Ron Simons, Katee Dugas.

Those who have not ever been baptized ("the Elect") enter the Catholic Church by receiving the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist.  Everyone celebrates the sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) during Advent.

After Easter we continue to meet every other Tuesday night for about six weeks, until the feast of Pentecost.  We continue to learn about our Faith as we grow in the experience of the sacraments.

This entire process is highlighted throughout the year by several ceremonies celebrated during Mass. 

Who teaches the class?

Various instructors will present the topics throughout the year.  Msgr. Fred Nijem (Pastor), Fr. Kevin O'Keefe (Parochial Vicar), Deacon Jim Hunt, Deacon Ron Simons, Katee Dugas.

What is taught in RCIA?

The teaching presented here at Sacred Heart is authentic and official Catholic Church Teaching.  It has been handed down to us from Christ in both oral and written form, and, for centuries, has been guarded by the Church.  We do not teach opinion.

How do I begin?

Simple.  Contact the Church Office.  The Director of RCIA will help you get started.

How much does it cost?

Absolutely nothing.

I've been baptized in another religion. Will I be re-baptized?

No.  You will enter the Catholic Church by making a "Profession of Faith".

I'm divorced. How does this affect me joining the Church?

Everyone's situation is different, but you will most likely need to begin the annulment process.  If you are remarried you will need to wait until the process is completed in order to become Catholic.  If you are in this situation, please contact Msgr. Fred in the Church Office.

When can I become Catholic?

Generally a person will join the RCIA in August and be Confirmed Catholic at the Easter Vigil Mass in the spring.  Once in a while this time frame changes according to the needs of the person.

What if I go through the RCIA and choose not to become Catholic?

That's your decision and you will not be pressured to become Catholic.  Some people learn about Catholicism for a few years before deciding to become Catholic, and some never choose to do so.  Regardless of your decision, you will be welcome here at Sacred Heart.

Will becoming Catholic really affect my everyday life?

Completely.  For the better.  When we give God control over our lives He takes it and brings us joy like we've never known!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 12:23

The Church

Monsignor Fred Nijem
Pastor


Father Kevin O'Keefe
Parochial Vicar


Jim Hunt
Deacon

Ron Simons
Deacon

For a complete staff listing, click here.

Mass Times

English Mass
Saturday Vigil: 5:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am & 11:45 am


Spanish Mass
Sunday: 2:00 pm


Daily Mass
Monday - Friday: 9:00am


Confession
Saturdays: 3:45 pm to 4:30 pm in the Reconciliation Room.

Contact Us

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
251 South Davis Drive
Warner Robins, GA 31088


Phone: 478.923.0124
Fax: 478.328.3078

Rectory: 478.923.8360
School: 478.923.9668
PAC: 478.923.8934

Christian Service Center

Christian Service Center
136 Nortview Avenue
Warner Robins, GA 31088


Phone: 478.929.3897
Director: Greg Schliekelman
Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri 10:00 am to 2:45 pm


For more information, click here.

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